• Cragside (NT)

    Enter the world of Lord Armstrong – Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius. Cragside house was a wonder of its age. It was the first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity and is crammed full of ingenious gadgets. The gardens are incredible. One of the largest rock Read more [...]

  • Belsay Castle (EH)

    The thirty acres of magnificent landscaped grounds and gardens are Belsay’s particular glory. The quarry gardens and the Cragwood Walk are the most special features. Sir Charles Monck, who built the present hall, saw the potential of the stone quarries, and introduced many rare and fine specimens into them to Read more [...]

  • Pitmuies House Garden

    An 18th century house and garden. Pitmuies has known three periods – the first of a house recorded in the late 1500s. Remains of that house, with its worn stone spiral staircase, faces south over the garden. The grander west facing front is believed to date from 1680’s. Pitmuies was Read more [...]

  • Mount Stuart House Gardens

    Consists of 300 acres of designed landscape around a spectacular High Victorian Gothic house with astrological designs, stained glass and marble. The secluded ‘wee garden’, the Victorian kitchen garden, the garden pavilion, Pinetum and Arboretum, Limetree Avenue and magnificent rhododendrons. The garden surround the 18th century house and was largely Read more [...]

  • Inshriach Alpine Nursery

    This is also known as Jack Drake’s Nursery, though he is no longer the proprietor. There is a fascinating small garden that is attractive in spring and early summer and can be viewed on any day except Sunday. Lots of nice bulbous plants, dog tooth violets, trilliums, primulas, meconopsis, dwarf Read more [...]

  • Kerrachar Gardens

    The main emphasis is on herbaceous perennials and the gardens grow an enormous range of these. Meconopsis are one of the main features with most other major genera on display. The gardens contain an increasing range of shrubs, many from the southern hemisphere and many quite tender plants successfully overwinter Read more [...]

  • Leith Hall Garden (NTS)

    A 286 acre estate with ponds, trails, a bird observation hide, a hilltop viewpoint, unusual semicircular 18th-century stables and an ice house. The 6 acre formal and informal gardens, with extensive borders, are noted for their colour and diversity. Features extensive herbaceous borders and a fine collection of alpines and Read more [...]

  • Inverewe Garden (NTS)

    Here you will see the tallest Australian gum trees in Britain, sweetly scented Chinese rhododendrons, exotic trees from Chile and Blue Nile lilies from South Africa, all growing on a latitude more northerly than Moscow? The answer is Inverewe, a 54 acre woodland garden in a remote corner of Wester Read more [...]

  • Drummond Castle Gardens

    Drummond Castle was built on a rocky outcrop by John, 1st Lord Drummond around 1490. The 2nd Earl, a Privy Councillor to James VI and Charles I, succeeded in 1612 and is credited with transforming both the gardens and the castle between 1630-1636. The keep still stands but the rest Read more [...]

  • Glen Grant Distillery Garden

    Glen Grant Distillery stands on the west side of the main road at the north end of Rothes. It offers everything you might expect or want from a distillery that welcomes visitors, plus elements that you most certainly wouldn’t expect. Chief among these is the wonderful Glen Grant Garden. Glen Read more [...]

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